CODES OF CONDUCT - PENALTIES

The Highfields Eagles support and endorse the National Code of Conduct (2009).  All officials, members, players and patrons are bound by the Code of Conduct.  Breaches of the Code will be considered and reviewed by the Club Committee, who reserve the right to enforce penalties on the offending party as per the Code's guidelines.

The National Code of Conduct's guidelines are as follows:

 

PLAYERS:

  • Be a good sport.  Respect all good play whether from your team or the opposition and shake hands with and thank the opposition players and officials after the game - win, lose or draw.

  • Participate for your own enjoyment and benefit.

  • Always respect the Referee's decision.

  • Never become involved in acts of foul play.

  • Honour both the spirit and the letter of the competition rules and live up to the highest ideals of ethics and sportsmanship; avoid gamesmanship and respect the traditions of the game.

  • Never engage in disrespectful conduct of any sort including profanity, sledging, obscene gestures, offensive remarks, trash-talking, taunting or other actions that are demeaning to other players, officials or supporters.

  • Care for and respect the facilities and equipment made available to you during training and competition.

  • Safeguard your health; don't use any illegal or unhealthy substances.

  • Recognise that many officials, coaches and referees are volunteers who give up their time to provide their services.  treat them with the utmost respect.

  • Do not bet or otherwise financially speculate, directly or indirectly, on the outcome or any other aspect of a Rugby League match or competition in which you are involved.

 

SPECTATOR/PARENT:

  • ​Condemn all violent or illegal acts, whether they are by players, coaches, officials, parents or spectators.

  • Respect the Referee's decisions - don't complain or argue about calls or decisions during or after a game.

  • Behave!  Unsportsmanlike language, harassment or aggressive behaviour will not be tolerated.

  • Encourage players to play by the rules and to respect opposition players and officials.

  • Never ridicule or scorn a player for making a mistake - respect their efforts.

  • Understand that sport is part of a total life experience, and the benefits of involvement go far beyond the final score of a game.

  • Participate in positive cheering that encourages the players in the team that you are supporting; do not engage in any cheering that taunts or intimidates opponents, their fans or officials.

  • Remember that children participate in Rugby League for their own enjoyment, not yours!

  • At all times, follow the directions of the Ground Manager and/or other match day staff.

  • Never arrive at a Junior League game under the influence of alcohol, never bring alcohol to a Junior League game and only drink alcohol, if it is available, in a responsible manner in the designated licensed area.

 

  

 CODE OF CONDUCT - PENALTIES:

   1. No person/s attending a match shall:

 

  • use offensive or obscene language to any player, coach, referee, touch judge, official or other spectator;

  • use offensive or obscene language to any player, coach, referee, touch judge, official or other spectator;

  • dispute the decision of a referee or touch judge either during or after a match;

  • assault or act with aggression to any person/s;

  • assault or act with aggression to any person/s;

  • behave in a way contrary to this Code of Conduct and/or spirit of the game;

  • behave in a way which disturbs the enjoyment of the match by any other person/s, or brings discredit to the home club and/or league;

  • act in such a way as to exhibit racial intolerance, by language or other conduct, to any other person/s;

  • refuse to accept the reasonable direction of the Ground Manager, official of the home club and/or league, or official of the team/club which that person/s is supporting.

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   2. Any person/s contravening Rule 1 may be reported by the Ground Manager to the Team Manager or other official of the team which that person/s is supporting.  Where a team does not have a Team Manager present, a request or direction from the Ground Manager to any official of the team or the team's club shall be regarded as a direction to the Team Manager for the purposes of this Code.

 

   3.  The Ground Manager and/or the Team Manager must advise the offending person/s of the relevant breach of the Code.  The Ground Manager must note the details of their report to the Team Manager on the reverse of the team sheet.

 

   4. In the event that the inappropriate conduct continues, the Ground Manager and/or Team Manager may request the offender/s to immediately leave the ground.  This should also be noted on the team sheet.

 

   5. In the event the person/s refuses to obey the direction of the Ground Manager and/or Team Manager, the Ground Manager may direct the referee to terminate the match.  In the event that the match is so terminated, the club's and/or league's committee may, at it's absolute discretion award the competition points to the non-offending team, or declare that neither side shall be awarded competition points for that match.

 

   6. Clubs which do notexercise control over their players, parents/carers of players, coaches, officials or spectators may be called upon by the league to accept responsibility for their actions and the following penalties may apply (in addition to penalties which may be imposed by the league's judiciary):

 

  • FIRST OFFENCE - a fine not exceeding $500, and/or loss of competition points, and/or suspension of the player from playing, and/or suspension of the offender/s from attending future matches.

  • SECOND OFFENCE - suspension of the player, and/or team and/or club from the competition on a temporary basis.

  • THIRD OFFENCE - suspension of the player and/or team and/or club either for the remainder of the season, or permanently.​